Khaleel Datay is a second generation South African with roots in Murud, Janjira over 225km south-west of Mumbai, India, where his forebears served the ruling sultans for successive generations. This, to a large extent, laid the foundation for his debut novel, THE WINTER DECEPTION.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cape Town South Africa. Having come through the worst years of apartheid and seeing this country blossom into a democracy has had a profound effect on my life. There can be no denying that we are shaped by our experiences when we grow up and it therefore comes as no surprise that I write about racial conflict and political intrigue.
When did you first start writing?
About three years ago. I'd just exited from a long term business partnership to devote more of my time to those things that you never get around to doing.